Wolf Point Herald

Shopko Sets Opening Date, Ribbon Cutting

Wolf Point’s new Shopko Hometown store will open to customers in less than two weeks with a grand opening and ribbon cutting planned for Friday, March 27.
The Wolf Point Shopko is one of 20 grand openings on same date of new Shopkos in buildings previously operated by ALCO Stores, Inc., in Western and Midwestern states.
ALCO, which had been in bankruptcy since October 2014, closed the Wolf Point store Jan. 30. In all, 198 ALCO locations in 23 states either became Shopkos, were taken over by other retail chains or closed permanently.
According to Michelle Hanson, Shopko’s manager of public relations, the Wolf Point store will open to the public, Sunday, March 22.
“We’re excited to be there. The community will be excited with what they see,” Hanson said.
Renovations of the former ALCO store on U.S. Hwy. 2 began in early February and are now about 80 percent completed, Shopko Wolf Point manager Kerrie Letsche said.
She also said trucks began daily deliveries and shelves have been filled with merchandise since Monday, March 9.
Letsche, who is from South Dakota, worked for ALCO 18 years and managed the Wolf Point store for about a year and a half until it closed.
Shopko is a 53-year-old, $3 billion retail chain with more than 300 stores operating in 21 states and headquartered in Green Bay, Wisc.

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Shopko Foundation Makes Donation To WPHS

The Shopko Foundation has announced a $2,500 donation to Wolf Point High School. The school administration can use the money where they feel it is needed, Shopko’s manager of public relations Michelle Hanson said.
The donation comes during the same month as the opening of the new Shopko Hometown store in the building on U.S. Hwy 2 that formerly housed the ALCO store, now closed since Jan. 30.
The Green Bay, Wisc.-headquartered Shopko Foundation focuses on community projects, education and health.

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Sleepy Driver Cited After Hwy. 2 Rear End Crash Sends Two To Hospital

A dozing driver caused a rear end crash just east of Wolf Point Monday, March 9, that sent two men to the hospital, according to the Montana Highway Patrol.
MHP Trooper Ross Tuggle said a 2009 GMC crew cab diesel pickup that was westbound on U.S. Hwy. 2 rear ended a 2013 Ford F150 east of Slaughterhouse Road.
“The Ford slowed down. There’s some construction going on. They have a 35 mph construction zone. The Ford slowed down for it. The GMC driver stated he might have fallen asleep. He didn’t slow down,” Tuggle said.
He said the driver of the GMC was not injured but was not wearing a seat belt. The driver hit the air bag.
The two men in the Ford were injured and transported by ambulance to Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the MHP.
Tuggle identified those men as James Iron Bear, 23, of Poplar, the driver, and Brandon Bigleggins, 31, of Wolf Point.
The driver of the GMC was identified as Robert Meiers, 21, of Glasgow. According to MHP, he was cited for careless driving and a seatbelt violation.

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Bakken Oil Tanks Explode

Three oil tanks exploded at a well site in the Bakken oil patch Sunday, March 8, resulting in a large fire and rocking the nearby town of Killdeer, N.D., and an area as much as five miles away.
The blast occurred about 9 a.m., at an oil well site about five miles north of Killdeer, which is 187 miles southeast of Wolf Point and 119 miles from Bainville.
It was reported that the tops of three oil tanks were blown off and a nearby farmer was knocked to the ground by the explosion.
The cause of the explosion had not been determined as of early this week.

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Legislation Could Bring Funding For Drunk Driving Prevention, Enforcement

The Roosevelt County DUI Task Force was told Wednesday, March 4, that pending legislation could result in more than $10,000 in annual funding for the task force.
County commissioner Gary Macdonald, who chairs the task force, said House Bill 132 passed without opposition in the state House of Representatives and has been referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.
HB 132 would financially benefit county drinking and driving prevention programs statewide by allowing reallocation of unspent special revenue funds to Roosevelt County and 35 other counties that have DUI task forces or other county drinking and driving prevention programs, by allowing for the county portion of driver’s license reinstatement fees collected in counties that do not have task forces to be distributed on an equal basis to the 36 counties that have task forces on July 1 of each year.
The legislation would take effect July 1, if the Senate approves it and Gov. Steve Bullock signs it into law.
Twenty of Montana’s 56 counties do not have county drinking and driving prevention programs. Macdonald said at least two of the 20 counties are currently attempting to start task forces.
The bill was introduced for the current legislative session at the request of the Montana Department of Transportation.
“We don’t know how much that dollar amount will be, but it will be $10,000 or more [for Roosevelt County],” Macdonald said. “We can look forward to that.”
He said there is a possibility that the increased revenue could fund monitoring for non-tribal DUI offenders through the Fort Peck Tribal Court DUI Court program.
The Roosevelt County task force received $900 in funding for driver’s license reinstatement fees from the last quarter of 2014. That amount would have been far greater if HB 132 had been passed and signed into law.
The DUI Task Force will participate in the 2015 Alcohol Education Summit in Bozeman during May.
There was also a discussion about the Montana Department of Revenue Disorderly Licensed Premises form that became available online to the public in August. Anyone who has patronized an establishment and has witnessed a bartender or server continuing to serve an obviously intoxicated individual, where there is a fight and employees of the establishment do not call law enforcement, minors being served or violations of any other alcohol or drug law can download, fill out and submit the form that is available at http://revenue.mt.gov/Portals/9/liquor/education.CitizenConcernForm.pdf.

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